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Ready, Freddy! #05: Talent Show Scardey-pants

by Abby Klein

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First-grader Freddy Thresher is terribly scared when he hears that his class is going to have a talent show for all the grandparents: He does not have any talent, and has no idea what to do for the show. In addition, he gets teased about it by Max, the biggest first grade bully. Fortunately, his father gets an idea: Freddy could use a magic set that his grandfather gave to his sister, and do some magic tricks for the show. Freddy is thrilled at the idea, and soon learns to perform the rabbit-in-the-hat trick. However, when Freddy is thinking about using his best friend’s pet mouse to do the trick because he has no live rabbit, things to do not turn out too well for him at his house. Luckily, his grandfather, who knows all kinds of magic tricks, steps in to help Freddy.

You can tell that this book is written by a teacher who knows the type of kids she is writing about inside and out. The story and situations are all credible, as are the reactions of the characters, and the first-person narrative brings the readers right into Freddy’s world. Many young readers will be probably recognize their own fear in Freddie's fear to perform in front of an audience. The antagonism sister-brother is included as is the school bully, which may seem a bit stereotyped, but these are often present (unfortunately) in everyday life. The illustrations are really expressive, and faithful to the text. The only critique I have is that the language used in the dialogues among the kids sometimes seems beyond the type of language that first graders would use.

Illustrated explanations of two tricks Freddie performs are provided at the end of the book as are some jokes (supposedly told at the talent show by Freddy’s friend Robbie). This creates a nice real-life connection to the story as it gives children the opportunity to perform tricks they just read about, and to tell the jokes of a character to their friends. Grades 1-3. ( )
  alebarbu | Nov 22, 2011 |
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To the best grandparents in the world: Papa Bob, Grammy Audrey, Papa Harry, and Grammy Shirley. I love you with all my heart! -A. K.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 043955604X, Mass Market Paperback)

Watch out, Junie B., there's a new kid on the block! It's Freddy Thresher, a 1st grader who knows it's a jungle out there. Here's the fifth in a new series by an elementary teacher who's seen it all.

"I have a problem. A really, really, big problem. My class is having a talent show, and I have no talent!"
Everyone's excited about the first grade Grandparents Day talent show--everyone except Freddy. He thinks he has no talent, and bully Max Sellars's teasing is making him feel even worse! But when Freddy's dad teaches him some magic tricks, it just might make Freddy a star, AND get Max off his back. Tricks are tricky though, and when things go awry, Freddy must count on Papa Dave and his sister Suzie to make some extra-special magic happen, both for the talent show, and for Max!

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Freddy is nervous about the first-grade Grandparent's Day talent show, especially with Max bullying and teasing him, but Freddy's dad has an idea that might make Freddy a star and get Max to back off, too.

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